Forms of Resistance

Forms of Resistance

 

Forms of Resistance is a two-person exhibition featuring works on paper by Washington, D.C.-based artist, Miguel Rodriguez and Philadelphia-based artist Tim McFarlane. The show consists of 20+ new works on paper by each artist, with all work produced in 2017.

“When talking about the “why” behind this show, we made a list of some of the things which drew our interest. We spoke about survival, how it relates to cities, oppression, graffiti being put up, then erased, then put up again. Graffiti as protest art. How the traces of words and marks build up and form a sort of collective language over time. We touched on how that relates to evolutionary biology. How all organisms belong to the same tree of life and contain elements of each other, morphed into endless variety through long periods of adaptation and reproduction over time. How we are derived from microscopic meteor particles, our alien origins. How we dream of life beyond our planet, or wish that we would be rescued. Or how terms like “illegal” aliens take a whole group of people and make them the other. We found ourselves deep into the role of artists in societies, whose free speech and thinking goes against the grain of authoritarian ideologies, and how every mark we make, every painting we realise is a form of resistance.”
— Tim McFarlane and Miguel Rodriguez, May 2017
Images left to right: Miguel Rodriguez: Ange, 2017, acrylic and collage on paper, 15" x 11" Tim McFarlane: Uncharted (Blue Seas), 2017, acrylic on paper, 15" x 11"

Images left to right:
Miguel Rodriguez: Ange, 2017, acrylic and collage on paper, 15" x 11"
Tim McFarlane: Uncharted (Blue Seas), 2017, acrylic on paper, 15" x 11"

ARTIST BIOS

Tim McFarlane is a painter based in Philadelphia, PA. McFarlane’s paintings and works on paper examine the fluid nature of memory, time and place, with an emphasis on colour, multi-layered systems and process. A 1994 Temple University/Tyler School of Art graduate, McFarlane exhibited in various group exhibitions around the Philadelphia region before gaining representation with the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in 2002, where he has had several solo exhibitions.

Miguel Rodriguez is a Washington D.C. based painter. He is a graduate of Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has shown in Philadelphia, Trenton and Boston. His work is included in numerous private collections.

 


May 5 - May 27, 2017
Saturdays 11am - 2 pm or by Appointment

Artspace 1241
1241 Carpenter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

 
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